Russia to keep foreigners out of retail sector

The Ministry of Health and Social Development is seeking to renew a law that bans foreigners from working in the retail sector.

The regulation is reviewed annually and has been in place for several years.

It prohibits small shops and kiosks that sell alcohol or medicine from hiring foreign staff.

Foreigners are also forbidden from working at markets.

The ministry says there is no shortage of Russian workers to fill these types of vacancies.

This comes soon after the secretary of Russia’s Security Council, Nikolay Patrushev, said that attracting more high-skilled immigrants may be the only option to save Russia from a grave decrease in the able-bodied population that the country is predicted to experience in the next 14 years.

The official stressed that by 2025, the workforce will inevitably decrease by no less than 10 million people.

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